If you’re in need of a car to haul your caravan around this summer, our top 5 picks are seriously worth considering. If you’re looking at replacing your vehicle, and your current motor struggles to lug around your weighty van, consider upgrading to a vehicle with much more oomph – it’ll make towing that little more forgiving.
Land Rover Discovery
The discovery, shown above, is one of the best 4x4s around. These machines have forever complied with their customers needs; reliability, power and comfort are the fundamental factors in ensuring they remain as popular today as they were when first released. Its 3-litre engine churns out 255bhp making towing a doddle, but they’re pricey at £30,000 new and weighing in at 3500kgs ensuring running costs will be high.
Back in 2009 this was Caravan Club’s Tow Car of the year. Its 2-litre diesel engine has plenty of low-revs power for heavy hauling – you needn’t worry about steep countryside climbs, as the 138bhp is more than capable of pulling you towards your destination with ease. The great thing about these motors is the price, you can pick these up for as little as £2,000 and its efficient engine will certainly keep the costs down.
Ford Mondeo estate
This big family Ford is reliable, tough and inexpensive to run – perfect! Insurance is cheap, as well is servicing and spare parts, while a mechanic will know the car inside out. These can easily exceed 100,000 miles with no hiccups, so if you’re looking for a car you may only use for towing, then you needn’t look any further. Look out for the 2.0 TDCi estate version, its engine is well equipped to deal with your towing requirements and check out the older version you can pick these up for £2,000.
Hyundai Santa Fe
This is one of the best cars in the Hyundai lineup. The 194bhp is gritty enough to tow up to 2,500kg and its well-constructed chassis will ensure a sturdy ride. It was recently named What Car? Best Value 4×4, in which judges were that impressed with it low-running costs and it was £10,000 cheaper than its rivals. So why should you buy this car? Well if you’re looking for a new motor that can tow with ease it’s solid and reliable, then this is certainly worth a look. Prices start at £25,700.
It’s no surprise that many of you might be unfamiliar with the name SsangYong. They’ve been around since the 50’s but have always sat amongst the shadows of Hyundai and Kia. It may not be the most glamorous of motors, but with prices starting at £17,000 new, you’ll be hard pushed finding a motor with the offerings of the Korando. With a 2-litre diesel engine, outputting 175bhp, towing heavier loads on a budget is what the SsangYong does best.
Worried about damaging your caravan whilst towing? Have a look at Specialised Covers Towing Protector, it will protect your windows, paintwork from being damaged by stone chips or other road debris during transit.